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Pembroke Welsh Corgi Dog Breed Info & Pictures

The Pembroke Welsh Corgi is the smallest breed in the AKC Herding Group. Described as a big dog in a little package, the breed is quite sturdy and very athletic. Corgis are almost twice as long as they are tall, which gives the dog an unusual look that some find endearing. Their pricked ears and pointy muzzles give the head of the Pembroke a distinct fox-like appearance. The ears should stand erect and taper to a slightly rounded point. Eyes are oval shaped and dark with an alert intelligent expression. The nose is fully pigmented and black. Pembroke Welsh Corgis are athletic herding dogs and as such their bodies should be well balanced with no overly exaggerated features. Echoing this, they should move easily on their short stocky legs giving the impression that these animals could work all day if need be. A deep chest provides lung room, and the topline should be level. These dogs are double coated with a thick undercoat overlaid by longer weather resistant guard hairs; hair should be dense and moderate in length. The coat may be red, sable, fawn, black and tan, or any of these colors with white markings. Pembroke Welsh Corgis can be differentiated from Cardigans by their slightly smaller bodies, rounded ears, and especially by the lack of a tail. Almost all Pembroke puppies have their tails docked shortly after birth and some are born with no tail at all.

Pembroke Welsh Corgi Fast Facts

12 - 13 years
12th century
27 lb
25 lb
11 - 12"
10 - 11"
Pembroak Welsh Corgy, Penbroke Welsh Corgie or Pemroke Welch Corgi.


Herding dogs tend to bond very closely with their owners and Pembroke Corgis are no exception....

Extremely loyal and intelligent, these animals love to please their people, making this a very trainable breed. The Pembroke was bred to herd animals many times larger then itself, and though they are now kept primarily as pets Corgis have kept the boldness and brains needed for such work; even the breed standard insists that a Pembroke must never appear to be shy. They also make great little watchdogs and will bark to alert their owners of a stranger's approach. Corgis, like all herding breeds, may have a tendency to herd small children and animals by nipping at their heels. This behavior can easily be managed through obedience training.

Caring For a Pembroke Welsh Corgi

The Pembroke Welsh Corgi is naturally active and should be well exercised....

Provided that daily walks are given along with other outdoor activities (this breed is known for loving the water), they can do well kept in an apartment. The dense double coat will never have to be clipped or trimmed. However, Corgis do shed year round and should receive a good brushing at least once a week. Pembroke Welsh Corgis have a tendency to put on weight, and this coupled with their long backs can lead to spinal problems, so a good diet and exercise should be maintained throughout their lives. Known health issues include canine hip dysplasia, intervertebral disc disease, epilepsy, degenerative myelopathy, and von Willebrands disease.

Pembroke Welsh Corgi History

Breed History

There are legends that say fairies used Corgis as steeds to help pull their carriages and that fairy warriors would ride on the backs of these dogs....

The Pembroke Welsh Corgi can be traced back to 1107. Who brought the ancestors of this breed to Wales is still debated, but it is known that the Corgi was developed in Pembrokeshire, Wales, where it got its name. Some may find it surprising that despite its diminutive stature, the Corgi has more often been used to herd cattle than sheep; the Corgis small size helped it duck kicks from flying hooves and weave in and out of a cows legs. For hundreds of years, they could also be seen serving as watchdog in the average Welsh farmers home. In 1934 the Pembroke Welsh Corgi appeared in America and was recognized by the American Kennel Club that same year. Soon after, the dogs popularity exploded in Britain and beyond when it became the favorite pet of both King George VI and Queen Elizabeth II, and that popularity has held on to the present. Today, the Pembroke Welsh Corgi is still occasionally used for herding though its primary position is that of a cherished and valuable pet.